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Is it possible to prevent anabolic steroid abuse and addiction?
Prevention of steroid abuse begins at a young age. There is pressure even at middle school to take drugs to increase performance on the playing field and in the gym. As well, personal appearance and perception begin early on. Unrealistic expectations can drive adolescent boys and girls to try to achieve the often unrealistic image of models in fashion magazines and athletes in the gym.
Counseling and guidance that continues through high school and beyond has been shown to be effective in decreasing steroid use in the younger population.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the use of anabolic steroids continues to be a significant problem in the adolescent population. Their continuing monitoring studies found that in 2014 the following percentage of students used anabolic steroids in the past year:
8th grade, 0.6%
10th grade, 0.8%
12th grade, 1.5%
Over their lifetime, 1.9% of the 12th graders had abused steroids.